What’s Redeeming About Dreaming?

Hollywood Actors Dream Roles: Actor Roddy McDowall as Ariel in the Tempest.

One possible meaning of the word “redeem” is to fulfill. Is there anything redeeming about (lucid) dreaming. Does it help a person become fulfilled? I think so!

Can you dream that you're in the middle of a scene that looks like an impressionist's painting?

Let’s start this out with a dream. If you could live and play in an environment that was your perfect dream-place, what would it be? What kind of place or environment would allow you to be the best person you could be? OK, take a few minutes out of your busy life and DREAM!

Have you done it? That is, have you completed your dream? I didn’t ask if you accomplished your dream – only, did you actually dream it? :-)

Let’s assume you did the dreaming – so, where was it? Were you in the middle of a scene that looked like an impressionist’s painting? Were you in the middle of a big city like downtown Chicago? Were you on top of a cliff overlooking an ocean that looked like it went on forever? Maybe you dreamt you were in another country. The possible places are only limited by your imaginations.

What was the decor like in your dream? If your dream took you to the woods, was the decor rustic or traditional country? Did your dream have you in the middle of a desert or on a glacier? What did it look like around you in your dream?

"What are the chances of a painter creating a picture of a vase of flowers, without first, having a vision or dream of what it should look like?"

Is your dream in a place that you can really visualize? Can you put yourself in the life of your dream and know what it feels like? Can you smell it? Can you taste it? In other words, can you “sense” it? I ask these questions because, I think if you don’t have clarity regarding what your ideal environment is like, then you most likely will not be able to create it. Think about it, what are the chances of a painter creating a picture of a vase of flowers, without first, having a vision or dream of what it should look like? Slim to none, I think.

Before our mind can give us what we want, we must have a clear and strong idea of what that is. We must give strong, vivid and frequent visualizations of our ideal/dream place to our mind before our mind will be able to focus on it. And, if you are going to dream, then make your dream as big as you can. Big dreams and small dreams take the same amount of mental time.

Due to my age and experience, I have known many who have realized their dreams. But, what were their dreams? One of my friend’s dreams was to retire and do nothing. Well, he retired and did nothing and now is tired of doing nothing. The point here is to illustrate that we must be careful regarding our dreams and whether they are really dreams for making our life better or, for example, just escaping our current and temporary hectic life.

Don't stop before you start!

Perhaps, the most important lesson from not dreaming is the old, “stopping before you start” syndrome. Don’t quit before you start or when the going gets tough. Of course, quit if you aren’t willing to ask for help. Quit if you don’t believe you can. Quit if you don’t think you deserve it. Quit if you think others are better than you. Quit if ……………..

Don’t quit — believe you can! After all, it’s only a dream. :-)

So, what or where is your dream place? Now that you have dreamt it, start working toward realizing it.

What’s redeeming about dreaming? It’s a good start toward a fulfilling life. Wow!

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